George Mason University

Schar School of Policy and Government

Public Policy, MPP


3401 Fairfax Drive

MS 3B1

Arlington, VA 22201

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Policy (MPP), Graduate Certificates - Culture, Values, and Social Policy; Global Medical Policy; National Security & Public Policy; Transportation and Logistics Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Policy challenges are not neatly bundled into academic subjects, Mason's Master's of Public Policy program is highly interdisciplinary. It draws upon economics, political science, applied statistics, regional science, sociology, cultural studies and other areas to provide students with the theoretical grounding and hands-on tools needed to address a vast range of public concerns like terrorism, human trafficking, environmental hazards, hunger, and much else. The program includes a robust international emphasis, encouraging global consideration of policy processes and problems. In that regard, all MPP students are encouraged to take a study-abroad course and are required to take courses that stress comparative public policy and international policy issues. This emphasis is reinforced by our location in the Washington metropolitan area, not only the center of the U.S. government but also the hub of global governance.


George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

International Student Requirements:

Non-native English speakers must take either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Applicant's requesting an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit the Certificate of Financial Responsibility and supporting required documents.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 42

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). GMU FAFSA Code: 003749

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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